Fantasy Football - Rules and Regulations
Sports writer Gene Wang discusses how to play fantasy football and talks about the rules and regulations of fantasy football.
Gene Wang: Hi! I am Gene Wang, Fantasy Football Writer for the Washington Post in washingtonpost.
com. Welcome to my video on how to play Fantasy Football. In this segment, we are going to discuss rules and regulations. Now the most important part of this segment is going to be your scoring system. Now generally, the industry standard is awarding six points for every touchdown. Now that means a passing touchdown, a rushing touchdown, a receiving touchdown or if you are a defense, your covers fumble, in the terms of pass, in the terms of our touchdown that's also going to be six points. As I said, that's the industry standard and there's no reason why it shouldn't be the standard in your league as well. Now the next part is determining Yardage Bonuses. Now this can be awarded incrementally in increments of 25 yards, 50 yards or 100 yards. Some leagues award one point, for example for every 25 yard of running back rushes for or one point for every 25 yards of receiving, while receiver gets in a game. Other leagues award from a 100 yards up so if you are running back rushes for a 100 yards, he is going to get say, ten points, but if he rushes for 99 yards he is not going to get any points. So that's a determination for you, your other people in the league and the commissioner to make. Now once you have that set up, you are going to want to input that into the website you have chosen to keep track of your Fantasy League and let me show you what a typical score system looks like in a Fantasy Football website. Now from the homepage of your Fantasy website, go to the League Home option, on the scroll down, hit Rules and all the rules for your league should be listed right here. From when the draft is to, if you are choosing AFC and NFC players, what positions you are going to be filling. What your transaction actual rules are, your schedules including which, when the playoffs begin, how you are scoring is based whether it is head-to-head and in this case, it is and then point increments as we talked about earlier. Six points for a touchdown, three points for a field goal, two points for a defense, for safety and so on and so forth. Now if you are taking part in a new league, your Commissioner is going to have to go to the website and enter the rules himself or if you want to use the standard scoring system that the website provides, that's fine too. It's a lot simple I found, you know if you want to get real intricate, you are going to have to enter it yourself, but most leagues work just fine based on the industry standard set up on each particular website.
Now that your scoring system is in place, you are going to want to pick divisions. Now if you have a 12 team league, you are probably going to have three divisions of four teams. If you have a 16 team league for example, you are probably going to have four divisions with four teams each and that's going to determine the length of your schedule and who plays which teams each week. Let me show you what a typical division breakdown looks like on a Fantasy Football website. So here we have a typical division breakdown on a Fantasy Football website. As you noticed, this league right here is made up of 14 teams in three divisions so there is one division that's going to have four teams, the other two division they are going to have five teams each and you are going to determine who plays who. Basically, within division, you are going to play each team twice and then you are going to have a couple of other outer division games and that's going to be generated by your website randomly. As long as you input which two teams, as also you input as a role for your league that you want to play teams in division twice. Then it will determine the rest of your games randomly so that's how we determine the division and who plays who in the course of the season. Now that your divisions are set, you can figure out the length of your season. Now a lot of leagues don't go the full 17 weeks of a football season because their some players are worried that the top players at the end of season are going to be playing, because quite frankly, if you are with Indianapolis Colts for example, the New England Patriots, you have already made a wrapped up division many weeks before and you don't want to risk injury to your top players and that affects your Fantasy lineup. So typically what many leagues do, is they go the first 14 weeks as the regular season then they use week 15 as the first week of their playoffs and then week 16 as their Super Bowl, but again, it's entirely up to you.
Now once you have determined that, you are going to want to figure out your Free Agency, and that's a very important part of Fantasy Football because as a GM it's your job to get the best players in the field and if there are injuries, which inevitably there are the course of football season you are going to want to have to be able to scour the free agent waiver wire to add players to your roster to help them win. Even if you don't have injuries, you may want to cut a player on your team that's not performing well and add another player who no one else has picked up, it is going to help you win. There are many cases like that in Fantasy Football where a guy has gone un-drafted, he's all of a sudden, halfway through the season, become a star and a Fantasy player has wisely picked him up and he's been a great value over someone who has been a starter for that team previously.
So I am going to show you how to do that and here's what a typical Fantasy waiver wire looks like on a Fantasy Football website.
Here's a typical Fantasy Football website, the home page and to get to the Free Agent listings we will click on Players to get your drop down bar then click on Free Agents. Now as you see this website lists free agents by position and they also have leaders on offense and defense as well. So let's say you want to pick up a Wide Receiver, you go down to the Wide Receiver, click it and now your whole list of Wide Receivers comes up for you, all the available Free Agents. Now if you wanted to pick up say Dwayne Bowe of the Kansas City Chiefs, you will click on his name. Here it comes up the top of your screen and you will click Pick Up This Player. If he weren't in the season there would be a screen that comes up that says you have added this player and then as we talked about earlier, the Commissioner was aside at the end of the week if you get this player that and then you can add them to your lineup before they start to kick off on Sunday.
Once you have determined your rules for picking up and adding free agents, the Commissioner of the league becomes very important here. He or she is going to be the person who determines which teams are awarded which free agents. Now at the start of a season, when each team is zero and zero, it's going to first come first serve basis for free agents and some leagues have a rule in place where you cannot pick up a free agent until two or three weeks in a season so, but if you are in a league that allows you to pick a free agent right way, you don't like how you drafted your team or a couple of players in there, you may not feel comfortable with, then go ahead and pick up your free agent and be the first one in and that's how the Commissioner is going to determine which team gets the free agent first.
Now, if you are a Vegas for example, you probably be bidding for free agents which means once you may bid one dollar for a player, another team may bid five, another team may bid ten. The Commissioner is going to have to go on that website each Friday and figure out who has bid the most and that team gets awarded that free agent. Now once you've had all those rules in place for Free Agency and your Commissioner has decided how he's going to operate and how he's going to run the league, you are ready to draft your team.